The number one ranked Lady Eagles came out with a vengeance this past week, going a perfect 3-0 against their three opponents (Wheat Ridge, Rampart, and TCA), who were no slouches, coming in with a combined record of 36-4.
First up on Tuesday night were the fourth ranked Farmers of Wheat Ridge, who were 12-1 coming into the League Title match and one of the most well-coached teams in Colorado. The Farmers were ready for action and scored their first goal in the first 25 seconds of the match. It took Valor another 25 minutes to find the net, and once they did, it opened up a flood gate of goals rarely seen in soccer, with the Lady Eagles pouring in seven goals in about 25 minutes of total play. In the end, the final score was 7-3 and the Eagles captured their first ever 4A Jeffco League title. Goals were scored by Bri Johnson, Aeva Graber, Cori Dyke, Tess Boade (2), and Paige Kula (2). On a night where the offense certainly shone brightly, it was actually the defensive back line, led by Caroline Noonan, that really put the clamps down on a high octane Wheat Ridge attack. Along with Noonan, defenders McKenna Gilbreth, Paige Kula, Grace Collins, Ellary Bomgaars, Emma Jordan, and Ryan Winningham all plaid brilliant “total soccer”, going both ways to help the Eagles to victory.
With only one day of rest, the Eagles returned Thursday to Valor Stadium to face the 11-3 Rams of Rampart. After a scoreless 0-0 first half, Bri Johnson once again opened the floodgates, scoring three goals in under 10 minutes for the hat trick. Just a few minutes later, senior forward Emersyn Drent came flying down the right flanks and put a blistering serve across to a determined MacKenzie Waters, who beat her mark to the goal and blasted it home for a 4-0 lead and victory.
On Friday night, coming off of no rest, the top ranked Eagles took on the number two ranked Titans of TCA in front of hundreds of fans in the state’s premier matchup of the week. Coming into the match, the Titans had scored 96 goals on the season and had only given up four goals all year. In a great back and forth match, GK’s Kenzie Egan and Alex Daws helped the Eagles soar to a 3-1 victory, along with a side volley goal by Cori Dyke, another goal by Meg Boade from an impeccably timed slashing run, and the final goal coming from a well-placed slotted shot by Bri Johnson. A powerful, organized, and battle-tested TCA had several chances of their own, but only converted one on the evening, conceding victory to the Eagles. Both teams have the potential to meet again in the playoffs, should they make it to the semifinals.
The number one Lady Eagles will begin the 4A State playoffs at home this Wednesday vs. Conifer at 7:00 pm, and if they win, they will advance to the second round this Saturday, also at home in Valor Stadium.
Come support the Lady Eagles in their quest to return to the Championship!